Transcriptional control of cancer metastasis

Brian Ell, Yibin Kang

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Transcriptional regulation is an essential component of tumor progression and metastasis. During cancer progression, dysregulation of oncogenic or tumor-suppressive transcription factors (TFs), as well as master cell fate regulators and tumor microenvironment-induced factors, collectively influence multiple steps of the metastasis cascade, including local invasion, dissemination, and eventual colonization of the tumor to distant organs. Furthermore, epigenetic alterations in tumor cells, including DNA methylation, as well as activation or suppression of histone deacetylases (HDACs), histone acetyltransferases (HATs), and other chromatin-modifying enzymes, can further distort the transcriptional network to influence metastasis. We focus here on recent research advances in transcriptional control of metastasis and highlight the therapeutic potential of targeting such transcriptional regulatory networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)603-611
Number of pages9
JournalTrends in Cell Biology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cell Biology


  • Epigenetics
  • Epithelial-mesenchymal transition
  • Metastasis
  • Transcription factors
  • Tumor microenvironment


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